Opposition says key military officers omitted in Sri Lanka’s international defence confab

June 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has said that the military officers who played a key role in the war victory have not been given a chance to address the international seminar organized by the Defence Ministry on defeating terrorism in the country.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has told the media that instead of the forces chiefs including former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, it was the likes of External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Prof. Malkanthi Hettiarachchi, and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe who have been chosen to make speeches at the confab.

He has said that Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had the right to speak at the event as he played a role in the war.

According to Attanayake, it was unfortunate to see that Fonseka, Major General Shavendra Silva, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, and former Air Force Commander Roshan Goonetileke were not given a chance to speak at the confab.

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